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April 15, 2005

NV Andre Clouet, Bouzy Grand Cru 1911 Brut

Calm, rounded, and very complete. The 1911--a blend of three aged vintages (this one from the 90s)--is much more traditional than the other minerally Clouet champagnes. The edginess common to Clouet is slightly muted, but still obvious on the powerfully sharp phenolic nose. This wine is nicely creamed out with fine bubbles and delicate structure. Long flavors of smoky lemon, clove, and wood spice. See comments for updated notes.

2 Comments:

Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

My most recent tasting of this wine (12/17/05) was a blend of the 95, 96, and 99 vintages. It's a truly great wine, powered by the focused burnt nut aroma usually reserved for good old Burgundies. A friend insightfully described it as the smell of a hair salon.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

The 95/96/99 has gotten even better, and is probably peaking right now. It's richly toasty and oozing with sweet vanilla cream. Very full bodied for champagne, and vinous.

6:31 PM  

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